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Bachelor of Music (Songwriting), BA, JMC Academy

Australia . Cricos: 01259J

JMC Academy

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BAFull-time6 trimesterFebruary, June, SeptemberAUD 9000 per trimesterAUD 10600 per trimester

About Bachelor of Music (Songwriting), BA - at JMC Academy

There are few things more exciting than writing your own music and bringing it to life. JMC’s Songwriting course is renowned for its hands-on practicality, a strong focus on individual musicianship, connections to APRA and Berklee College of Music, and for being a launchpad into the entertainment industry for all up-and-coming writers and composers.

Covering the essential tools for writing music to appeal to publishers, record labels and producers across genres and media channels, this course will help you to create your own music and lyrics, develop your instrumental skills, produce demos and perform your own songs.

During your time with us you'll get the opportunities to participate in international masterclasses, study tours, and music and songwriting camps. Join up for any one of the following trips to: The International Songwriters Camp at Haarlem Conservatory in the Netherlands, the Nandos Music Exchange in London, or the Los Angeles Film School study tour.

Designed for recording high-quality demos and mastering performance, our studios feature ProTools, Logic, Ableton Live and Native Instruments, along with MIDI keyboard controllers and monitors, top of the range microphones and over 30 (national) fully fitted rehearsal studios and performance spaces equipped with digital and baby grand pianos, drumkits and an array of amplifiers.

The Bachelor degree is designed to help you create strong, focused songs that perfectly blend your lyrical ideas with powerful melodies. It will help you understand the principles of film and TV music, the key concepts in top-lining, and writing for ensembles using acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

Master songwriting in the digital domain, refine your recording skills, explore music distribution and marketing strategies, and learn the importance of co-writing and collaboration. And while talent will get you far, to be successful, its vital to be tech savvy and skilled with industry standard software – Avid Pro Tools for recording; digital score-writing tech like Sibelius – that will allow you to produce your own demo recordings.

The Bachelor degree also explores channels of music distribution, monetisation and copyright, and guarantees you will graduate with a rich portfolio of your own songs as a showcase of your talent.

Notes about fees for this course

Domestic: 8,600 AUD per trimester

International: 9,800 AUD per trimester

Entry requirements

Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent.

Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified).

Attend an interview in person or over skype.

You must be at least 17 years of age on commencement of studies. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian in Australia. In some cases JMC Academy can assist in making suitable welfare arrangements.

Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.

Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition OR submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.

Animation, Games and Digital Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolio of sample work/drawings.

Applications will be accepted until 2 weeks before the course commences, but please note that visa applications can take considerably longer than two weeks to process. Please contact the Australian Embassy in your home country for recommended timeframes for processing your visa application.

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